Some of the bills advancing in California Legisalature

The Associated Press | June 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. California lawmakers passed hundreds of bills through their house of origin this week ahead of a deadline. Here’s a look at some of the proposals working their way through the Legislature:


— SB4 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would make California the first in the nation to extend health coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally and seeks a federal waiver for California to sell unsubsidized private health insurance through the state’s health exchange.

— SB128 by Sens. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would shield doctors from prosecution if they give terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying.

— AB768 by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, which bans the use of chewing tobacco at California ballparks.

— SB151 by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-La Puente, to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

— SB140 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces.

— AB1102 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, adding pregnancy to the list of so-called life-qualifying events allowing women to buy health insurance outside the regular open enrollment period.

— AB1306 by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, allowing certain midwives to practice without the supervision of doctors.


— SB406 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, expanding job protections for those who qualify for paid family leave to care for relatives.

— SB38 by Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge and AB43 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, establishing an earned income tax credit for the working poor as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan.

— SB23 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, to allow parents receiving welfare assistance to receive additional aid for a newborn child.

— AB908 by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, extending the length of time a worker can receive paid family leave insurance and provide higher reimbursements for low-income workers.


— SB499 by Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge, requiring school districts to adopt new teacher evaluation systems that include multiple measures plus classroom reviews.

— AB329 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, to expand California’s sex education curriculum, requiring schools to teach more about sexually transmitted infections and discuss same-sex relationships as part of HIV prevention.

— SB695 by de Leon and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, to bring sexual assault training to California high schools following last year’s “Yes means Yes” affirmative consent standard for colleges.

— AB787 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, barring for-profit corporations from operating charter schools in California.

— AB709 by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, extending government open meeting and conflict-of-interest rules to charter school operators.

— SB574 by Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, to require the University of California to release performance information on two of its largest venture capital investments, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

— SB15 by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, to increase college scholarship awards and encourage undergraduate degree completion in four years in the CSU system.

— AB215 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, limiting compensation for school superintendents who are terminated to 12 months’ pay.

— AB1317 by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, prohibiting the University of California from increasing executive pay within two years of a tuition increase.

— AB302 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, requiring schools to provide spaces for students to breastfeed and pump.

— AB288 by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, allowing high school students to take community college classes for credit.

— AB949 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to officially classify competitive cheerleading as a high school sport.


— SB350 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, which would boost statewide renewable electricity use to 50 percent, have drivers use half as much gasoline and make buildings twice as efficient under the proposal by 2030.

— SB32 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, extending California’s landmark global warming law by requiring the state to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

— SB788 by Sens. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, banning new offshore oil drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge.

— SB248 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, would require regulators to increase oversight of the oil industry’s disposal of wastewater into underground aquifers.

— SB350 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, requiring California’s public employee pension funds to divest their holdings in coal companies and ban new coal investments.

— SB48 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to dilute powers wielded by the president of the state’s top utility regulator in response to what the lawmaker calls management failures by the Public Utilities Commission.


— AB953 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, ordering unprecedented data collection on police stops.

— AB390 by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, would allow law enforcement to resume taking DNA samples for some criminals convicted of crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors.

— SB178 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, adding digital information to California privacy laws.

— AB266 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and SB643 by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, each of which takes a different approach to regulating California’s nearly 20-year-old legal medical marijuana industry.

— AB967 and 968 by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, requiring a minimum two-year suspension for college students punished for sexual assault and for their transcripts to reflect those punishments.

— SB443 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, to protect property owners from abuses in civil asset forfeitures by government agencies.

— SB251 by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, to give businesses 15 days to fix signs and 90 days to fix other problems under the Americans with Disabilities Act before facing penalties.

— AB1326 by Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Encino, under which California would regulate businesses that hold bitcoin and other virtual currency in a way similar to banks.

— SB674 by de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, to help immigrant victims of crime avoid detention and deportation by applying for U-Visas.

— SB405 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, to establish a traffic fine amnesty program to help poor people get their driver’s licenses back if they agree to a debt payment program. It is similar to a proposal by the governor.


— SB21 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requiring nonprofit organizations that pay for elected officials’ travel to disclose the names of donors funding that travel.

— AB44 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, to have state taxpayers pay for future recounts in close statewide elections.

— SB163 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, authorizing vote-by-mail ballots for all registered voters in Los Angeles County.

— AB10 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, updating the annual economic interest statements filed by California government officials.


— SB935 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017, then tie it to the rate of inflation after that.

— AB954 by Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, extends $10 million in grants and low-interest loans to homeowners for essential water improvements including drilling wells, connecting to existing water supplies and wastewater projects.

— AB96 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, closing a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn that has allowed ivory imported before 1977 to be sold.

— AB40 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, which would prevent the agency that runs the Golden Gate Bridge from charging fees to pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge.

—AB428 and AB1440 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles, to expand a tax credit and a grant program to retrofit homes and buildings to withstand earthquakes.

— AB718 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, to prohibit local governments from punishing homeless and other residents for sleeping in their cars.

— SB763 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to require manufacturers of children’s products to label nursing pillows, changing pads, high chairs and nap mats that contain flame retardant chemicals.

— AB282 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, which would ban the sale of window blinds and curtains that could strangle children.

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